Former Blue Jays pitcher Jack Morris should be in Hall of Fame

Former pitching great Jack Morris racked up 254 career wins with an ERA of 3.90. But Tigers...

Former pitching great Jack Morris racked up 254 career wins with an ERA of 3.90. But Tigers executive and Hall of Famer Al Kaline says he deserves to be enshrined at Cooperstown. (Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:41 PM ET

DETROIT - Al Kaline knows pitching.

The Hall of Famer had to in order to collect 3,007 hits for the Detroit Tigers.

And he also knows something else: Jack Morris deserves a plaque in Cooperstown similar to the one Kaline has.

“I don’t know why it has taken so long, I don’t understand,” said Kaline, a special assistant to Tigers president Dave Dombrowski.

Kaline played 21 years for the Tigers and was in the TV booth with George Kell, working Detroit games for 27 more seasons.

Morris has been on the ballot for 14 years and this is his final year of eligibility. He gathered 66.7% from voting members of the Baseball Writers of America Association, 48 votes light of the required 75% in 2012. In January, he had 67.7%, 42 votes shy.

“We were so hopeful last election,” Kaline said.

Now in his 15th and final year of eligibility, Morris is joined by newcomers Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Mike Mussina, Jeff Kent and Frank Thomas.


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